Isaiah, Chapter 44

Yet now hear, O Jacob My servant, and Israel whom I have chosen;

So says the LORD who made you, and formed you from the womb, [who] will help you; Fear not, O Jacob My servant, and you, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.

For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground. I will pour My spirit on your seed, and My blessing on your offspring;

and they shall spring up [as] among the grass, as willows by the water-courses.

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One shall say, I [am] the LORD's; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall write with his hand, For the LORD, and be named by the name of Israel.

So says the LORD, the King of Israel, and His redeemer the LORD of hosts; I [am] the first, and I [am] the last; and besides Me [there is] no God.

And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it and set it in order for Me, since I placed the people of old? And the things that are coming, and shall come, let them declares to them.

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Fear not, nor be afraid; have I not told you and made you hear since then? So you [are] My witnesses. Is there a God besides Me? Yea, [there is] none. I have not known a Rock.

Those who make a graven image [are] all of them vanity; and the things in which they delight shall not help; and they [are] their own witnesses. They do not see nor know, that they may be ashamed.

Who has formed a god, or melted a graven image that is good for nothing?

Behold, all his companions shall be ashamed; and the craftsmen; they [are] from men. They shall assemble; all of them shall stand; they shall dread; they shall be ashamed together.

He engraves iron with a tool. He works in the coals, and forms it with hammers, and works it with the strength of his arms. Then, he is hungry, and his strength fails; he drinks no water, and is weak.

He fashions wood, and stretches a line; he marks it out with a pencil; he shapes it with carving tools, and he marks it out with the compass, and makes it after the figure of a man, according to the beauty of a man, to sit [in the] house.

He cuts down cedars, and takes cypress and oak, which he makes the trees of the forest strong for him; he plants a tree, and the rain makes [it] grow.

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And it shall be for a man to burn; for he will take some of it and warm himself. Yes, he kindles [it] and bakes bread; yes, he makes a god and worships; he makes it a graven image and falls down to it.

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He burns part of it in the fire; with part of it he eats flesh; he roasts roast and is satisfied; yea, he warms [himself], and says, Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire.

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And the rest of it he makes into a god, his graven image; he falls down to it and worships, and prays to it, and says, Deliver me! for you [are] my god.

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They have not known nor understood; for He has shut their eyes so that they cannot see; [and] their hearts so that they cannot understand.

And none thinks within his heart, nor [is there] knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burned part of it in the fire; yea, also I have baked bread on the coals of it; I have roasted flesh and eaten; and shall I make the rest of it an abomination? Shall I fall down to the stock of a tree?

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He feeds on ashes; a deceived heart has turned him aside, so that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, [Is there] not a lie in my right hand?

Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for you [are] My servant; I have formed you; you [are] My servant; O Israel, you shall not be forgotten by Me.

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I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, your transgressions, and, as a cloud, your sins; return to Me; for I have redeemed you.

Sing, O heavens; for the LORD has done [it]. Shout, lower parts of the earth. Break out into singing, O mountains, O forest, and every tree in it. For the LORD has redeemed Jacob, and glorified Himself in Israel.

So says the LORD, your Redeemer, and He who formed you from the womb, I [am] the LORD who makes all things; who stretches out the heavens alone; who spreads out the earth; who [was] with Me?

who brings to nothing the signs of the liars, and makes diviners mad; who turns the wise backward, and makes their knowledge foolish;

who makes the word of His servant sure, and makes good the counsel of His messengers; who says to Jerusalem, She shall have people; and to the cities of Judah, You shall be built, and I will raise up the waste places of it;

who says to the deep, Be dry, and I will dry up your rivers;

who says of Cyrus, [He is] My shepherd, and shall do all My pleasure; even saying to Jerusalem, You shall be built; and to the temple, Your foundation shall be laid.

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